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April 16, 2014

A Wheelie Good Idea

Motorcycle rider training class cranks up; knowledge gained saves lives in the clutch

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Somerset —

Riders are taught how to mount and ride their bikes—an advantage of the course is that motorcycles and helmets are provided—how to deal with emergencies like swerving and braking, and receive a knowledge test and on-cycle evaluation.
The BRC costs $90.00. Participants in the Basic Rider Course must provide:
 
• Eye protection
• Over-the-ankle boots or shoes
• Long slacks
• Love sleeves short or jacket
• Full-fingered gloves
 
The basic course lasts 15-20 hours. Participants meet Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 (Participants must be at least 16 years of age. Those under 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian before taking the course.)
 In addition to the BRC, the Somerset Rider Training also offers an advanced course, BRC II designed for riders with licenses or permits who want to fine-tune their street skills. Classroom instruction teaches mental strategies necessary to reduce risk. Like BRC, BRC II on-cycle maneuvers are practiced in a controlled, off-street environment.
 BRC II riders should own a street legal motorcycle, provide proof of insurance, and provide riding gear as required for the BRC. The BRC II course costs $25.00, and participants should come prepared to ride at the first class meeting. BRC II courses are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 7, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 4. Weather conditions may affect class schedules.
 For more information or to register for an upcoming course call or fax 606-423-2084. Class sizes are limited, so early registration is encouraged. 
 “Our objective is to provide riders with the proper training and knowledge they will need to have a safe riding experience,” Coffey concluded.

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